RCDP Nepal

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9.2 / 10 after 211 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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I have been in Nepal for one week and it has been an amazing experience. I am from the United States and this was my first volunteering experience, and RCDP made me feel completely comfortable and safe. The staff is present and supportive, as well as friendly. I have made very good friends since coming to Nepal and have had so much fun exploring on sightseeing tours and learing Nepali in the one-week language course. RCDP is the perfect program for anyone who is travelling abroad for the first time as well as experienced travellers.

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Posted: June 10, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: ilangone
Age:
19

i have spent 2 weeks working tin the orphanage in sri lanka as a last minute side trip. at first i was worried about living with the sri lankan family and feeling alone and isolated etc but it was much the opposite. from the first time i stepped into their house, i felt instantly at home. i stayed with michael , on colombo road, galle. a perfect spot and a loving family who cooked the most amazing food!!!!! michael knew all the spots and his family were more than welcoming and extremely friendly and outgoing people. i felt part of the family, and was soon invited to a sri lankan wedding, which was a family affair but of course i was family now!! it was an amazing experience that ill never forget. michael toldme about the rules of the orphanage and what to expect. i wasnt the only foreigner either, i made instant friends with the many people that passed through the house. i reccommend this experience to anyone, and ask to stay with michael on colombo road:)

robbie lewinski
lewi12345@hotmail.com (email me for any questions at all )
hobart, tasmania!

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Posted: June 8, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

This is about my experience with RCDP Nepal. I volunteered with this organization for ten weeks. I had an amazing time here. They introduced me to the language and the culture and helped everytime there were problems to be solved or questions to be answered. The first weeks I spent in a wonderful hostfamily in the south of Nepal and worked in the nursery. After that I went to work in an orphanage in the Kathmandu valley. The staff came to visit me once in a while and kept contact with me and my host to make sure everything is allright. But anyhow Nepal is a lot different than what many of us know so be open and prepared to experience the nepalese way of life: their sense of time, traffic and food :)
The organization can help you get to know everything and you should feel free to talk to them if you have any questions or concerns.

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Posted: June 5, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
24

My Name is Marla. I am from America and volunteering with RCDP in Nepal for 2 months. I found the organization online and discovered many different volunteer projects to choose from. I found the application process very easy and quick. I got all my questions answered through emails and if I wanted to change my project changed I was able to do that with no problems.
For my airline ticket I was recommended to ZenTravels which can have low prices and flexibility. When I arrived to Nepal I was warned about getting hassled at the airport by people who want to be tipped for taking your bags to the parking lot. I ended up giving them money, but do not be afraid to say you don't have any money because they do not work for this organization. The hostel I have been staying in is very nice and welcoming. Once you arrive there are most likely other volunteers there to help you get comfortable and to show you around. The food at first was a little hard to get used to, but I really enjoyed breakfast and dinner. An internet cafe is very close within walking distance and is very cheap. They also have phones so you can call home. The language course was very fun and I found it very useful. Two days were spent sightseeing around Kathmandu. We went to the Monkey Temple, Boudha Temple, Hindu Temple.
So far overall I have no regrets and am really enjoying my time. All the people are so relaxed and welcoming. Many Nepali people love to sit and practice their English with you, so don't be afraid to sit and have tea. I am very excited to start my projects next week. I would also highly recommended doing a trek sometime during your stay. Even if you are not physically fit.
Namaste.

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Posted: June 3, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: pete6510
Age:
23

My name is Michelle and I am a volunteer from Canada. As soon as I visited RCDP Nepal's website, I was very impressed by the variety of programs and the reasonable program fees. I received a very quick reply from Hom, the country coordinator who called and answered any questions that I had. This definitely reassured me, as I knew the organization was reliable and ready to support my needs. This support was constant from signing up for my program, sending me preparation packages, answering my questions, giving advice right up to when I arrived in the country.
After a week in Nepal I am so happy that I travelled with RCDP, I have been given the tools and support by the staff which will allow the rest of my 10 weeks to be an incredible adventure. I was welcomed at the airport by an RCDP staff who brought me safely to the Hostel in Kathmandu. The hostel is very clean and welcoming, the food is very good and the water as well. I have felt very safe and well taken care of. I completed the first language and culture training program week, and had Nepali classes from 9am to 12 pm each morning. My teacher was great and we learnt all the basics and Nepali phrases that would help us be confident when communicating with the locals.
I am looking forward to the rest of my volunteer experience here in Nepal with the support of RCDP who continue to be flexible to my wants and needs! I have no regrets and would absolutely recommend RCDP to anyone who is looking to volunteer abroad.

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Posted: June 3, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

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